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Live Show Updates

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Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, shows all over San Diego and Los Angeles areas have been impacted.

For San Diego show goers, please check the social media accounts of the bands and venues you’re planning to attend for the latest updates. Venues like Observatory, Observatory North Park, Music Box, House of Blues, and even Casbah are likely to be impacted. Shows at Soda Bar, Bar Pink, and other smaller venues are less likely but please check socials to verify.

For shows in and around the Los Angeles area, please refer to this post from Buzzbands for the latest updates. Please note that all AEG and Livenation events have been cancelled/postponed. Again, please check social media to confirm.

Please be safe out there and support our local scenes/artists however you can: download some music, stream more music, buy some merch. Anything that helps bands support themselves makes a difference. See you at the next show.

Kristen’s 2019 Music Mix: B-Sides

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Because one album’s worth of songs describing my year is never really enough, here are some B-Sides:


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  1. Deal Casino – “French Blonde” – A little quirky and a lot of awesome, this band with two Joes knows how to rock. Spent a bit of their unexpected UK tour with them, so clearly bonded for life.
  2. Donna Missal – “Girl” – Donna Missal is an inspiration. The message of this song I find particularly relevant.
  3. Avril Lavigne – “Head Above Water” I saw Avril Lavigne at The Grammy Museum and she blew me away playing songs from her new record (as well as a few oldies). This song was put on repeat.
  4. Jamie N Commons – “Heartbreak” – one of my favorite voices released a new EP, Fever Dreams.
  5. The Wrecks – “Freaking Out” – A music mix would not be complete without a song from my boys, The Wrecks, who I didn’t get to see as much this year aside from a dynamic set at the beach.
  6. Frank Turner – “The Lioness” – Frank Turner can do no wrong. His intimate storytelling tour in support of his album, No Man’s Land, was a departure from his usual mosh-inducing sing-alongs, but one of the most memorable and inspiring shows of the year.
  7. Matt Nathanson – “Used to Be” – I unexpectedly found myself at a Matt Nathanson show this year, reminding me of how brilliant (and fun) this artist was, and continues to be.


  8. SUR – “Only Road” – New SUR music! Must listen!
  9. Maverick Sabre – “Let Me Go” – 2010: The year I discovered Maverick Sabre 2019: the year I finally saw him live. Also, the show at which I got to play with a new camera phone (Pixel 3).
  10. Meg & Dia – “Lit Match” – Another old favorite reunites! Their show at The Troubadour was full of nostalgia, but they also released new music this year (Happysad) and this one got me.
  11. Dermot Kennedy – “Dancing Under Red Skies” – I love everything about Without Fear, Dermot Kennedy’s debut full length album. Here’s a deeper cut that I kept coming back to.
  12. Feeder – “Feeling a Moment” – I hadn’t thought about this band in years until I had the opportunity to see them in the UK. I took the opportunity and was transported back in time. Definitely felt that moment.
  13. Dean Lewis – “Half A Man” – Dean Lewis has come a long way since I saw him play The Moroccan Lounge a couple of years ago. With the release of A Place We Knew, I had the pleasure of seeing him several times this year, including a headlining gig at The Wiltern.


  14. Charlotte OC – “Satellite” (acoustic) – Charlotte OC came back into my life in 2019, reminding me that this powerful and passionate singer is one to watch.
  15. Barns Courtney – “99” – Regardless the stage, Barns Courtney will give his all. This year I saw him rock both The Fonda and a small Christmas event in Pasadena. He also released a new album, The 404.
  16. The Hunna – “IGHTF” – 2019 was a quieter year for The Hunna, but they released this song which was SUCH a crowd pleaser at the show they played at The Fonda.
  17. Tones and I – “Johnny Run Away” – This may be the artist I’m most looking forward to seeing in 2020.
  18. Joseph – “Fighter” – The harmonies on this alone make it a standout on the most excellent 2019 release from this sister trio (Good Luck, Kid).
  19. K.Flay – “Good News” – K.Flay has come a long way, this year releasing a new album (Solutions) and headlining The Wiltern!
  20. Banners – “Supercollide” – From the 2019 album Where The Shadow Ends, this guy continues to be one of the nicest and most talented around.
  21. Meg Mac – “Didn’t Wanna Get So Low But I Had To” – 2019: The year I finally saw Meg Mac!

Kristen’s 2019 Music Mix

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2019 is the last year I got to listen to actual CDs while driving my car….sigh. This year held some truly grand adventures, almost all driven by the music. Here are some 2019 highlights as told through the songs and bands that inspired them.



  1. Badflower – “Wide Eyes” – When one of your favorite bands releases their debut album and you travel to the UK to see them play small clubs one last time, sparking one of the greatest adventures of your 2019, they get to lead off your 2019 music mix.

  2. Sam Fender – “Hypersonic Missiles”Hypersonic Missiles might be my favorite release of 2019. Sam Fender followed me throughout the year from SXSW to the UK to a fun conversation about Mr. Tumnus outside The Troubadour.
  3. Biffy Clyro – “The Modern Leper” (Frightened Rabbit cover) – my beloved Scots released a soundtrack album this year, Balance, Not Symmetry, leading the band to be my Spotify most listened to band of the year. But their uniquely Biffy Clyro take on this Frightened Rabbit classic is what reminded me why they will always be my number 1.
  4. The Faim – “Make Believe” – This band from Australia is my top new discovery of 2019 thanks to a well-timed press release. I was lucky to see them when they played The Echo which simply confirmed the designation.
  5. KidEyes – “Spellbound” – Fave LA band alert! From a residency at The Hi Hat to a high energy show at the beach and a most memorable Halloween show, my 2019 was all about KidEyes.
  6. Gang of Youths – “The Deepest Sighs, the Frankest Shadows” – These Aussies know how to create a moment. Braving the rain to see them front row at BottleRock and back to back nights at The Roxy were musical highlights for sure.
  7. The Virginmarys – “Look Out for My Brother”- Any band willing to hang out with me in Manchester and try boba for the first time is going to make my list of top memories for the year. Love these guys and their newest release, Northern Sun Sessions. Great things coming from these rockers from across the pond!
  8. Boston Manor – “England’s Dreaming” – The year started with an email announcing a new single from Brit band, Boston Manor, leading to a slow burning obsession that paid off towards the end of the year when the band headlined at The Roxy for one of the best shows of 2019.
  9. Highly Suspect – “Canals” – When Highly Suspect releases a new album, you listen. The rock trio took it to another level with MCID pushing the boundaries of the genre while at the same time providing those instant radio hits. Their all-out show at The Novo simply confirmed their place as a top modern rock act.
  10. Judah and the Lion – “Dance With Ya” – My feel good song of the year from a record that elicited quite the range of emotions. Pep Talks spent more time in my car than any other 2019 release.
  11. Jared & The Mill – “Dark Highways”- With the release of new music (This Story Is No Longer Available), Jared & The Mill was one of my most seen bands of 2019. The band played BottleRock and one of my festival highlights was running into each band member at different points wandering the festival grounds.
  12. The Pink Spiders – “Hey Jane” – It took over a decade to finally see this song live, but one night at The Satellite it happened (at least in part) and it was glorious.
  13. In The Valley Below – “Rise” – In The Valley Below established the bar for an album release party with an immersive (and ultra-sensory) listening experience for 2019’s The Pink Chateau.
  14. Matt Maeson – “Dancing After Death” – Matt Maeson is my most listened to artist of the decade (according to Spotify) and his 2019 album, Bank on a Funeral, did not disappoint. What did disappoint is that he came to play LA and did not play this song. I love this song!
  15. Lewis Capaldi – “Someone You Loved” – See, I can like radio popular hits too. This one got me from first listen, Plus, I can strum it out on the guitar. Capaldi’s album Divinely Uninspired To a Hellish Extent, provided one of the more moving listening experiences I had this year.
  16. Alec Benjamin – “Death of a Hero” – Remember that time when you stuck around The Satellite for the midnight act and ended up sitting cross-legged on the floor singing along to some song about a robot then many years later, you’re seeing the same guy headlining sold out shows at The El Rey with a guesting John Mayer? Crazy!
  17. Polar States – “Roads” – Discovered this newly signed (and very promising) Liverpudlian band in my new favorite city for music, Manchester, UK! They remind me of Parade of Lights. I miss Parade of Lights.
  18. Kathleen Edwards – “It Must Have Been Love” – Netflix’s The Order reminded me of the glory of this Roxette song by ending the season with this cover version. 2019 marked the passing of Roxette’s Marie Fredricksson as well as the year I sang this song in the car…a lot. 2019 was also the year High Voltage interviewed The Order’s Katharine Isabelle at Comic Con and we became fast friends.
  19. Missio – “Temple Priest” – if you saw me at work bobbing my head or grooving at my desk, it was probably because I was listening to Missio’s new album, The Darker The Weather // The Better The Man.
  20. Catfish and the Bottlemen – “Encore” – The Balance came out in the Spring and became somewhat of a surprise go to throughout the year. One of my greatest 2019 disappointments was getting the flu instead of going to see this band.

 

~ Kristen

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 6/10-6/16

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This is going to be a rather rushed post. I had everything completely finished and when I went to schedule the post, it completely vanished. Awesome, right? I need to be up in the morning and it’s been a rough weekend so this will probably not be perfect. Sorry.

 

Monday: Source @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Tuesday:

Wednesday: John Paul White, The Prescriptions @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: Plague Vendor @ Music Box at 8pm
AND: Johonnyswim @ Humphrey’s at 7:30pm

Thursday: Fences @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Fashion Jackson, The Lefties @ Lestats at 8pm
AND: Corey Gray and Jake Coco @ Tin Roof at 8pm
AND: RVG @ Soda Bar at 9:30pm
AND: The Weight @ Belly Up at 8pm

Friday: Parachute, Billy Raffoul @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: No Vacation, Okey Dokey @ Irenic at 7pm
AND: Toby Keith @ San Diego County Fair at 7pm
AND: Oh Sees @ Belly Up at 9pm – SOLD OUT

Saturday: Frenship @ Music Box at 9pm
AND: Leon Canoe, Ignant Benches, Sola Luna, The Rhinds @ Lestats at 7pm
AND: Vincent @ Soda Bar at 9:30pm

Sunday: Anberlin @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Blue October, Mona @ Observatory North Park at 8pm
AND: Alex Ruwe @ Tin Roof at 7pm
AND: The Holdup @ Soda Bar at 9pm
AND: Greg Douglas Band @ Belly Up at 8pm

 

Keep in Mind:

June 19th- Simple Plan @ San Diego Fair
June 20th- Rob Thomas @ Humphreys
June 21st- Matthew Logan Vasquez @ Soda Bar
June 21st- Alanis Morissette @ Humphreys
June 21st- AJR @ San Diego County Fair
June 22nd- Paul McCartney @ Petco Park
June 25th- Armors @ Observatory North Park
June 27th- Lindsey Sterling @ San Diego Fair
June 28th Big Bad Voodoo Daddy @ Humphreys
June 29th- Pitbull @ San Diego Fair
July 1st- KC and the Sunshine Band @ San Diego Fair
July 3rd- The Struts @ Observatory North Park
July 8th- Shawn Mendes @ Pechanga Arena
July 12th- The Silent Comedy, Dead Feather Moon @ Casbah
July 16th- Hugh Jackman @ Pechanga Arena
July 20th- Cage the Elephant, Beck, Spoon @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 28th- The Raconteurs @ Cal Credit Union Open Air Theater
August 1st- Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
August 5th- Lord Huron, Shakey Graves @ Humphreys
August 6th- Dear Boy @ Observatory North Park
August 8th- Carly Rae Jepsen @ Humphreys
August 9th- Death Cab for Cutie @ Observatory North Park
August 9th- Young the Giant, Fitz and the Tantrums @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
August 10th- Death Cab for Cutie @ Observatory North Park
August 28th- The Smashing Pumpkins @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
September 5th- K. Flay @ Observatory North Park
September 13th-15th- Kaaboo @ Del Mar Fairgrounds
October 3rd- Vampire Weekends @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
October 17th- Judah & the Lion @ Observatory North Park
October 26th- Hozier @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
November 8th- Two Door Cinema Club @ Observatory North Park
November 17th- Black Keys @ Pechanga Arena

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 2/18-2/24

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First, I’d like to apologize that my calendar post didn’t publish. I didn’t notice it until Sunday when I went to do my calendar post for next week. It’s usually a set it and forget it thing so I didn’t anticipate that it wouldn’t publish and for those of you who read this (whoever you are) should this happen again (but I hope it doesn’t) you can message me on Instagram @scarletttrinity because I will see that as opposed to our swamped LMN inbox.

Now, let me tell you about my Saturday night… Holy crap I forgot what shows with big production can do in terms of making other forms of magic happen. I hadn’t seen Panic! at the Disco in forever, having missed out the last time he came through town and I’m currently regretting my life choices. The production value was amazing on top of having a fantastic setlist plus his insane energy… Let’s just say that it’s something I won’t soon forget. And I have video on my phone of him playing drums that I will attempt to be 1/4 as good as.

Let’s see what this week holds…

 

Monday: Sweet Myths @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Dalton & The Sheriffs @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Tuesday: The Paragraphs @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: The Nels Cline @ The Loft @ UCSD at 8pm
AND: Half Waif, Whitney Ballen, Rosie Tucker @ Soda Bar at 8:30pm

Wednesday: Justin Nozuka, Craig Cardiff @ Music Box at 8pm
AND: Secret Lynx, Veronica May, Nate Donnis Trio @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: Smoking Popes, Direct Hit!, Squarecrow @ Soda Bar at 9:15pm

Thursday: Justin Timberlake @ Pechanga Arena at 7pm
AND: IDK How, The Nervous Wreckords @ Music Box at 8pm
AND: Kimmi Bitter, Nena Anderson, Alice Wallace @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: KOLARS @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Havnauts, Chris Avetta @ Whistlestop Bar at 8:30pm
AND: Houses @ Soda Bar at 9:30pm

Friday: King Tuff @ Casbah at 9pm
Aurora, Talos, Kingsbury @ Observatory North Park at 8pm
AND: The Gregory Page Show @ Lestats at 8pm
AND: The Mother Hips, Midnight Pine @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: Coriander @ Tin Room at 9:30pm

Saturday: Steve Poltz 10th Anniversary 50th Birthday @ Belly Up at 8pm – SOLD OUT
AND: Bones @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: King Tuff @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Alex Lievanos, JARA, Tristan Brooks @ Lestats at 8pm
AND: Lady Dottie & The Diamonds @ Park & Rec at 10pm
AND: Johnny Deadly Trio @ Riviera Supper Club at 9pm
AND: Coriander @ Tin Roof at 10pm
AND: Kaleena Zanders, SiLVA, PRXZM, and more @ Music Box at 10:30pm

Sunday: MDRN HSTRY, The Lucy Ring @ Casbah at 9pm
AND: Albert Hammond Jr. @ Belly Up at
AND: The Night Howls @ Pour House at 9pm
AND: Private Island @ Soda Bar at 9pm

 

Keep in Mind:

February 26th- Robert DeLong, Morgxn @ Music Box
February 28th- Blues Traveler @ Hosue of Blues
March 2nd- Saves the Day @ North Park Observatory
March 2nd- Creature Canyon @ Soda Bar
March 3rd- Scars on Broadway @ Observatory
March 5th- Muse @ Pechanga Arena
March 5th- Metric & Zoé @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theatre
March 7th- Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds @ Belly Up
March 8th- LP @ The Observatory North Park
March 9th- You Me At Six, Dreamers @ Music Box
March 14th- Blaqk Audio @ Observatory North Park
March 17th- Moon Hooch @ Casbah
March 19th- Catfish and the Bottlemen @ House of Blues
March 24th- Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness @  Hosue of Blues
March 24th- Matt Nathanson @ Music Box
March 24th- Arkells @ Casbah
March 28th- SWMRS @ Music Box
March 29th- Broods @ Observatory North Park
March 29th- She Wants Revenge @ Music Box
March 30th- Citizen Cope @ Observatory North Park
March 31st- Grandson @ The Irenic
April 3rd- Bad Suns @ Observatory North Park
April 5th- Dead Feather Moon @ Belly Up
April 6th- Taking Back Sunday @ North Park Observatory
April 7th- Taking Back Sunday @ North Park Observatory
May 29th- Elle King, Barns Courtney @ House of Blues
June 14th- Train, Goo Goo Dolls @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
July 8th- Shawn Mendes @ Pechanga Arena
July 16th- Hugh Jackman @ Pechanga Arena

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 10/29-11/4

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It’s been a long and tiring week followed by a long and tiring weekend so I probably don’t have my full brain power so please check back later for additional updates.

 

Monday: Dawes @ Observatory North Park at 8pm
AND: Julia Sage and the Bad Hombres @ Bar Pink at 9:30pm
AND: Real Friends, Boston Manor, Grayscale, Eat Your Heart Out @ The Irenic at 7pm
AND: Evan Diamond Goldberg @ Tin Roof at 9:30pm

Tuesday: BØRNS @ Observatory North Park at 8pm – SOLD OUT
AND: Joan Baez @ Humphrey’s at 7:30pm – SOLD OUT

Wednesday: Hellogoodbye @ House of Blues Voodoo Room at 7pm
AND: Caamp Boys @ Soda Bar at 9:30pm – SOLD OUT
AND: In Flames @ House of Blues at 7:30pm

Thursday: Wolfmother @ Observatory North Park at 8pm
AND: Jon McLaughlin, Matt Wertz @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: Lea Michelle, Darren Criss @ Humphrey’s at 7:30pm
AND: Jim James @ Belly Up at 8:30pm

Friday: The Young Wild, The Frets @ Music Box at 9:30pm
AND: Transviolet @ The Loft at UCSD at 8pm
AND: Coriander @ Tin Roof at 9:30pm

Saturday: Death From Above 1979 @ Music Box at 9:30pm
AND: Dia De Los Deftones @ Petco Park at 3pm
AND: Clan of Xymox @ Casbah at 9pm – SOLD OUT
AND: Freedom Fry, Dresage @ Soda Bar at 9:30pm
AND: Coriander @ Tin Roof at 10pm
AND: Kip Moore @ House of Blues at 7:30pm

Sunday: Tall Heights @ House of Blues Voodoo Room at 8pm
AND: The Menzingers @ Music Box at 8pm
AND: Willie K @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: Ash Foster @ Tin Roof at 8:30pm

 

Keep in Mind:

November 7th- Lucero @ Observatory North Park
November 8th- Goo Goo Dolls, Dizzy Up The Girl Anniversary Tour @ House of Blues
November 9th- The Record Company @ House of Blues
November 9th- The Brevet @ House of Blues
November 10th- Daley @ House of Blues
November 15th- Kodaline @ House of Blues
November 18th- Sir Sly & Joywave @ Observatory North Park
November 29th- Julien Baker @ Observatory North Park
December 9th- Not So Silent Night @ Del Mar Arena
December 14th- Wrex The Halls @ Valley View Casino Center
February 16th- Panic! at the Disco @ Viejas Arena
February 17th- Kongos @ The Music Box
March 5th- Metric & Zoé @ Cal Coast Credit Open Air Theatre
March 24th- Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness @  Hosue of Blues
April 6th- Taking Back Sunday @ North Park Observatory
April 7th- Taking Back Sunday @ North Park Observatory

 

Amanda’s SD Concert Calendar 10/15-10/21

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I can’t remember much that I did this past week except for The Silent Comedy show on Saturday. I think the pure bliss of that completely overshadowed everything else. I have two more The Silent Comedy shows this week, one in LA and the SOLD OUT one down here at the Casbah. Beyond that, I haven’t decided what I’m up to.

 

Monday: Alkaline Trio @ House of Blues at 7pm
AND: Hozier, Hudson Taylor @ Observatory North Park at 8pm

Tuesday: Mason Jennings, Nena Anderson @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: SYML @ Casbah at 9pm

Wednesday: St. Lucia @ Observatory North Park at 8:30pm
AND: System of a Down @ Valley View Casino Center at 7pm
AND: The Growlers @ Soma at 7pm
AND: The Joy Formidable at Casbah at 9pm

Thursday: Chase Atlantic @ The Irenic at 7pm
AND: FIDLAR @ Observatory North Park at 8pm
AND: Noah Cyrus @ House of Blues at 8pm
AND: StayLoose @ Soda Bar at 9pm

Friday: The Silent Comedy @ The Casbah at 9pm – SOLD OUT
AND: Maggie Rogers, Mallrat @ Observatory North Park at 8pm – SOLD OUT
AND: Lemon Twigs @ Music Box at 9pm

Saturday: Welshley Arms @ Belly Up at 9pm
AND: Vinyl Theatre, The Catching, Cemetary  Sun, Family Theif @ House of Blues Voodoo Room at 8pm
AND: Allen Stone @ Humphreys at 7:30pm
AND: Tom Mish @ Observatory North Park at 9pm

Sunday: KT Tunstall @ Belly Up at 8pm
AND: Madeline Kenney @ Che Cafe Collective at 7:30pm

 

Keep in Mind:

October 24th- Palaye Royale @ House of Blues
October 27th- BØRNS @ Observatory North Park
October 30th- BØRNS @ Observatory North Park
November 1st- Wolfmother @ Observatory North Park
November 1st- Jon McLaughlin, Matt Wertz @ House of Blues
November 7th- Lucero @ Observatory North Park
November 8th- Goo Goo Dolls, Dizzy Up The Girl Anniversary Tour @ House of Blues
November 9th- The Record Company @ House of Blues
November 9th- The Brevet @ House of Blues
November 10th- Daley @ House of Blues
November 15th- Kodaline @ House of Blues
November 18th- Sir Sly & Joywave @ Observatory North Park
November 29th- Julien Baker @ Observatory North Park
February 16th- Panic! at the Disco @ Viejas Arena
April 6th- Taking Back Sunday @ North Park Observatory